The Best Views of Madrid

Travel Tips — By Sarah E. Rogers on October 31, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Madrid is a sophisticated, fast-paced city, and sometimes you just need a little perspective on the matter. Check out the best views to be had of the Spanish capital at these five neat locations.

In the Open Air: Cerro del Tío Pío

If you’re not on a tight schedule and want to do as the locals do, consider heading to Cerro del Tío Pío, perhaps with a picnic. Madrilenos flock there when the weather’s good for walking, getting some fresh air and taking in what are arguably known as the best views of Madrid. The Vallecas-area hill is in what is known as Seven Tits Park (Parque de las Siete Tetas), named for the shape of these hills. You can find Cerro del Tío Pío off of Avenida de la Albufera in Vallecas.

Up High and Coming Back Soon: Faro de Moncloa

Once considered one of Madrid’s premier places to see the skyline, the Moncloa Lighthouse (Faro de Moncloa) in the Moncloa neighborhood has been closed for renovation since 2005. Luckily, it is slated to open back up later this year. Visitors will once again be able to ride the elevator to the enclosed platform at the top for a great panoramic view of Madrid.

An Urban View: The Penthouse

A perennial favorite among locals and visitors alike, the swanky open-air Penthouse bar on top of the ME by Melia hotel presiding over Santa Ana Square has spectacular views of the Madrid urban skyline by night. If you’re lucky enough to find a seat or are willing to pay for the reserved seating while you sip your cocktail, it makes for a spectacular prelude to a great night out on the town.

Fun Bird’s Eye: Teleférico

The Teleférico is Madrid’s gondola. It starts at Paseo del Pintor Rosales on the western edge of the city, briefly takes in Madrid’s skyline and then provides great views of the forest and parkland of the Casa del Campo. You can take a picnic, traipse around and enjoy the views of Madrid from the hill where the gondola drops you off, or just come right back for the ride if time is short.

Romantic and Mysterious: Templo de Debod

Approach Madrid’s own ancient Egyptian temple (Templo de Debod) close to sunset and you will see a spectacular view: the sight of the temple against the light of the changing sky and the valley below it. Just don’t forget your camera!

[Photo: Jorge Díaz]